It’s Been Awhile

Posted on July 9, 2018 · Posted in Leech Lake Fishing Report

I want to start off by apologizing for the last couple weeks, I have not forgotten about you, I’ve just been upside down in the ice cream freezer and I think it’s beginning to impact my day-to-day, my brain isn’t used to all the extra blood flow and cold temperatures.

I’m not really sure which adjective should be used to describe how fishing has been the last few weeks, tough and not good are right at the top, while there are fancier words to use, they get the point across.

Once the heart of the summer rolls around it’s pretty typical for Walleye fishing to get difficult, it’s not that you can’t catch them, it’s just a tad more involving. Constant moving to check spots and throwing every lure you have in the tackle box at them, burn gallon upon gallon of premium fuel only to get a sun burn, there are worse things you could be doing.

Most serious anglers that are around this time of year are prepared for this type of situation, they grab their swimming suits and head to the pool, or they break out their Musky gear and go after the big girls, the one shinning star in the darkness of summer Walleye fishing.

Pictured below from L to R: Brad Larson from Hudson, WI with 50 inches of what Leech Lake is famous for, and his daughter with 26 inches of what we’re all after, Charles Bower-Jernigan from Eagan, MN with some eater Pike and the sunrise isn’t so bad either.


When Walleye fishing is the pits you need to keep your options open and remember that there are other species (gasp!) of fish to catch on this lake, in particular Northern Pike are plentiful and for the most part pretty easy to catch and they taste fantastic, especially when they are cleaned by yours truly!. Recent changes to the Northern Pike regulation has thrown a small wrench into things but catching a pile of eater Pike is attainable by anglers of any skill level.

Large Mouth Bass fishing on Leech Lake is often overlooked as well, some area’s of the lake are literally overflowing with the things, I’ve seen fish over the years that are nearly tipping the scales over 6 pounds. head over to Boy Bay and bring lots of jigs and spinners. Many of the mid-lake rock piles are beginning to house a good population of Small Mouth Bass, it’s not making some of the Walleye guys happy, but they bring a fight that you won’t soon forget.

The 4th of July has come and gone, and it was one of the busiest I have seen in many years, the weather cooperated and the boom and flash of fireworks did the rest. Land of the Free and home of the Brave, no place I’d rather be. Thank you for sharing a special holiday with us, you’re the reason we love what we do.

Featured image is courtesy of Brad Larson from Hudson, WI. a sunset fit for a king.

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